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AU/ACSC/102/1999-04
AIR COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGEAIR UNIVERSITY
COUNTERING NORTH KOREAN SPECIAL PURPOSEFORCES
 by
Troy P. Krause, Major, USA
A Research Report Submitted to the Faculty
In Partial Fulfillment of the Graduation Requirements
Advisor: LTC Jeffrey Reilly
Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama
April 1999
Distribution A: Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited
 
Disclaimer
The views expressed in this academic research paper are those of the author(s) anddo not reflect the official policy or position of the US government or the Department of Defense. In accordance with Air Force Instruction 51-303, it is not copyrighted, but is the property of the United States government.ii
 
Contents
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DISCLAIMER....................................................................................................................II
ILLUSTRATIONS .............................................................................................................V
TABLES ........................................................................................................................... VI
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS.............................................................................................VII
ABSTRACT....................................................................................................................VIII
THE IMPORTANCE OF COUNTERING THE NORTH KOREA SPECIAL
PURPOSE FORCES THREAT .....................................................................................1
History...........................................................................................................................2
Geography......................................................................................................................5
Weather..........................................................................................................................7
Population......................................................................................................................8
Infrastructure .................................................................................................................8
Fielded Forces................................................................................................................9
 NORTH KOREA‘S SPECIAL PURPOSE FORCES........................................................12
Typical Missions..........................................................................................................13
A Word On Tunnels ....................................................................................................14
Airborne Forces ...........................................................................................................14
Reconnaissance Brigades ............................................................................................15
Light Infantry...............................................................................................................15
Maritime Special Purpose Forces ................................................................................15
Stealth Ships ................................................................................................................16
DPRK‘s Submarines....................................................................................................17
Amphibious Light Infantry Brigades...........................................................................18
COUNTERMEASURES ...................................................................................................21
Target Detection is the Key.........................................................................................21
Mines and Anti-Ship Missiles .....................................................................................22
Fixed Wing Attack Fighters ........................................................................................23
AC-130 Spectre Gunships ...........................................................................................23
 Navy Surface Combatants ...........................................................................................24
U.S and ROK Submarines...........................................................................................24
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